19.May.2011 Baseball: USC @ Oregon State
The pitching match ups for the weekend look like this:
|05/20||Corvallis, OR||Sam Gaviglio (9-1, 1.85) vs Andrew Triggs (4-3, 3.68)||5:35 p.m.|
|05/21||Corvallis, OR||Josh Osich (6-2, 3.46) vs Austin Wood (4-6, 5.48)||2:05 p.m.|
|05/22||Corvallis, OR||TBD vs Logan Odom (4-5, 3.56)||12:05 p.m.|
While the USC rotation looks unimpressive on paper, keep these notes in mind:
- Andrew Triggs has a 1.11 ERA in his last four Pac-10 Conference starts, allowing only four earned runs in 32 1/3 innings. He has allowed 24 hits with seven walks and 29 strikeouts during that time.
- Austin Wood is rated as the No. 26 college prospect in the nation by Baseball America.
- Logan Odom threw a complete-game three-hitter against No. 6 Arizona State on May 15.
USC has good arms, and that makes them a dangerous team.
The Beavs, meanwhile, still haven't figured out their rotation. It's discouraging to see "TBD" as Sunday's pitcher this late in the season. Nobody has stepped up and grabbed that spot. I'm still not convinced we have a #2 starter. Josh Osich has thrown just 4 quality starts in 13 tries. For perspective: James Nygren has thrown 4 in only 8 starts. It's hard to criticize Pat Casey since he has the team sitting at #2, but my knock would be that hasn't developed the starting rotation. Luckily, the bullpen has been dominant. Scott Schultz's ability to eat innings in long relief is a big deal.
Anyway, I promised not to talk about Osich and the rotation. I just can't help myself…grr.
As far as the National Seed…contrary to what some people are saying, it's still within reach despite the weak RPI. That decision will come down to humans vs computers, but as long as the polls and national writers like Fitt and Rogers remain on the Beaver's bandwagon, the committee will not pass them up. Beavs need to take 4 of 6 to cement that reality. Keep in mind that when the wins occur matters, too. The committee is biased toward teams playing well down the stretch, so losing a series would be precarious. In other words, the 4 wins need to be split between USC and Oregon. That's quite a bit of pressure (unless they're content hosting a regional). Curious to see how they handle it…